Living Blue In A Red State….

One of my favorite FaceBook pages is a group called “Living Blue in a Red State”. ¬†Having lived in Indiana most of my life I can so relate to that theme. I don’t know if you have noticed this but for as long as I can remember when the network news starts on presidential election night they always start with “We are ready to call a State for (whichever Republican is running) and then they say Indiana. I know what it is like to live Blue in a Red State. I don’t know if I am true blue or just … Continue reading Living Blue In A Red State….

About The Debt…

We are three billion in the hole and will be three billion more next year, and not a Congressman has got the nerve to ask voters to pay part of it. ¬†— ¬†January 29, 1933 ¬† ¬†Will Rogers Obviously this quote was said long before even Grover Norquist’s parents were born but it is equally true today as it was in Will’s time. The fact of the matter is up until President Bush, taxes have always gone up to help pay for our wars. But when so many ¬†from the GOP crawled up to the altar of Mr. Norquist with … Continue reading About The Debt…

About That Debt….

I know there is a lot of fury going on now about how President Obama has increased the national debt. So, when I came across this graph it got my attention. I have had several ranters here lately who proclaim that “that idiot Obama is bankrupting the country”. They go on and on about the increased deficit and how it is their sole reason to drive that “idiot” out of office. I am going to try and give you some insight into this situation but as President Clinton said recently you are going to have to pay attention…

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Just Bill Being Bill….

Source:¬†Fact check: Bill Clinton at the DNC ‚Äď USATODAY.com. CHARLOTTE, N.C. ‚Äď Former president Bill Clinton’s stem-winding nomination speech was a fact-checker’s nightmare: lots of effort required to run down his many statistics and factual claims, producing little for us to write about. Republicans will find plenty of Clinton’s scorching opinions objectionable. But with few exceptions, we found his stats checked out. The worst we could fault him for was a suggestion that¬†President Obama’s¬†Affordable Care Act¬†was responsible for bringing down the rate of increase in health care spending, when the fact is that the law’s main provisions have yet to … Continue reading Just Bill Being Bill….

The Job Creators and the Bailout…

I see that the outlying political super pacs otherwise known as the ultra-rich-radical-right are now hitting on Obama because it looks like the government might lose up to $40 billion in the bailout of General Motors. ¬†They claim that it is typical of him to throw away all our tax dollars. But I look at the other side of the coin. We have lost more than $150 billion in revenues with the tax give-aways of the Bush administration. The main logic behind those tax breaks was that if we tax the “job creators” less they will have more money to … Continue reading The Job Creators and the Bailout…

My Evangelical Friend…

I just went another short round with my radical right gun totting evangelical friend on helping those less fortunate than us. ¬†Here are some of his words replying to a post I made on FaceBook. The root cause of most of our deficit problems is still those that work and produce must pay for the existence of all those that do not work or produce goods and services. Few functions in the government produce a good or service worthy of a salary. My conservative evangelical friend very very often shouts that there are just too many “free loaders” in our … Continue reading My Evangelical Friend…

RJ’s Rules…..

I remember a cop movie years ago starring Stacy Keach. It was about an old timer cop who had rules for every situation. I can’t remember the name of the movie but I want to do likewise. ¬†I have lived quite a few years on this earth and have learned some valuable lessons from the time that I want to record for¬†posterity so I am bringing up a new category here ūüôā RJ’s Rule 39 — We should have no more military bases in a foreign country¬†than¬†that country has bases in ours. So let’s look at one country to see … Continue reading RJ’s Rules…..

Those Who Don't Know History Are….

Being a history nut I like the old saying “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. The premise behind this statement is that we should know what got us into past problems so we don’t end up making the same mistakes again. ¬†I think this is especially true when it come to our country’s debt problems. So, that is what this post will be about. First, let’s look at a graph showing the history of our debt. It is shown above. We were going along with only¬†somewhat¬†marginal increases in debt until the early 1990’s at that time … Continue reading Those Who Don't Know History Are….

Republican and Their War Machines…

WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, insist on the need for military cuts, divisions have opened among Republicans about whether, and how much, to chop Pentagon spending that comes to more than a half trillion dollars a year‚Ķ‚Ķ.. The discordant Republican voices on military spending have bred confusion on Capitol Hill, among military contractors and within the military itself, where no one … Continue reading Republican and Their War Machines‚Ķ

Do you need a little more help President Obama??

Dear Mr. President On the chance that you got time to see my last post I wanted to come through on my promise to give you a sure fired solution for our deficit problems. This one seems like a no-brainer so it is surprising that no one has come up with it yet. Before I give you the solution we need to look over some graphs and tables.¬† After all both government and private corporations thrive on graphs and tables. These graphs show military spending by country. Something seems to be very strange here? It seems that the U.S. spends … Continue reading Do you need a little more help President Obama??